Lahore: The sudden change of mind on part of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) which saw the one year ban imposed by it on former captain Shoaib Malik being revoked was actually due to the immense pressure on it being applied by a son of a top political leader, sources have revealed.
According to PCB insiders, board chairman Ejaz Butt was under tremendous pressure to lift the ban on Malik and also to reduce the two million rupees fine imposed on him following the recommendations of an inquiry commission, which was formed to look into the reasons behind Pakistan`s deplorable performance during the Australian tour.
"PCB chief Ejaz Butt, who is behind all this circus going on, was directed by the son, who has a close relation with Malik, of that top political leader to lift the ban. And Ijaz, who had no choice, complied with the orders," The Daily Times quoted sources, as saying.
Earlier, expressing his pleasure over the appellate tribunal`s decision to lift the ban on him, Malik said the verdict has vindicated his stand all charges against him were baseless.
"I was shocked when they imposed the ban and it was not acceptable to me. But I am delighted this stigma of a ban has been removed from my name," he said.
Malik said he was looking forward to focus only on his game and would be delighted to serve the team in whatever capacity.
With the discontinuation of the ban, Malik is likely to return to the Pakistan squad for important upcoming assignments. He has already been included in the list of 35 probables for the June 15-24 Asia Cup, and the exhaustive tour of England.